This ‘Glass’ is completely full

for The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

It’s a Glass family smackdown!

In this corner, weighing in at 11 operas, seven string quartets, eight symphonies and one Golden Globe award is Philip Glass, quite possibly the greatest living American composer.

In the far corner, weighing in at one comic book, one radio show and one reputation as the thinking mommy’s George Clooney is Ira Glass, host of Chicago Public Radio’s “This American Life.”

Let the banter begin!

That’s the premise of “Glass on Glass,” a night of storytelling and music featuring the cousins Glass at St. Ann’s Warehouse on April 28.

Ira will lead the discussion, naturally.

“[Philip will] play, and we’ll talk about some music,” he said.

Brooklynites’ cups are certainly running over. Philip Glass, of course, has been a fixture on the borough scene since the Brooklyn Academy of Music premiered his “Symphony No. 8” in 2005, though some still know him only for his pedestrian efforts in films like “The Hours,” “The Truman Show,” and “Notes on a Scandal.”

And Ira, dreamy Ira, works in public radio, so every woman in Park Slope hears his voice when she goes to bed and when she wakes up.

There’ll even be dinner with the Glasses after the show (if you pay enough!). The richness of the evening won’t only be the food from nearby Rice, a Thai restaurant.

“Sometimes I ask Philip what he’s hearing when he plays his own music, and he points out things that I, as a non-musician, would never notice,” Ira said. “We thought it would make for an intimate and special sort of evening to have this kind of conversation onstage, with a piano.”

Tickets aren’t cheap, starting at $150 and going up to the $1,000 cocktail party, seat for the show, and dinner with the artists afterwards.

So if your wallet is not made of glass, do not miss this double paned event.

“Glass on Glass” at St. Ann’s Warehouse [38 Water St., between Main and Dock streets in DUMBO, (718) 254-8779], April 28, 6 pm (for cocktails). For info, visit

Updated 5:12 pm, July 9, 2018: Story was updated to correct an error about where Ira Glass works. He works for Chicago Public Radio.
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: